Rolando Maran: No contact from Leeds United, but I am interested

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Former Catania coach Rolando Maran has said that he has not been contacted by Massimo Cellino, but remains interested in the Leeds United managerial job.

Rolando Maran may remain among the candidates to get the Leeds United managerial job, but it does not appear that club owner Massimo Cellino is that interested in him.

The 51-year-old Italian tactician has been one of the many names mentioned in the media in recent days to succeed Dave Hockaday at Elland Road.

Maran was reported to be the ‘odds-on favourite’ to take over the Championship outfit last month, but the former Brescia and Bari coach has yet to be approached by Leeds.

Speaking to, the ex-Chievo defender said: ‘(There has been) No contact, but then this opens up a foreign option. As football has evolved, you must look at all the options’.

The Italian seems open to working at Leeds, but given that no contact has been made from Cellino yet suggests that the club’s owner may not be too interested in his services.

And given how things panned out with Hockaday, it is not hard to understand why the Leeds chief has not made a move for his Italian compatriot.

Prior to his Leeds appointment, Hockaday had managed just one club - Forest Green Rovers – and was a surprise pick. It was clear rightaway that he is not the best man for the job, and results at the start of the 2014-15 campaign proved that.

Maran has experience of working in Italy, but not in England. He was sacked twice by Catania last season and is now without a club. Appointing him may not be a great idea either.

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